24/01/2019 11:42 AM IST

Justice AK Sikri Recuses Himself From Hearing Plea Challenging Interim CBI Chief's Appointment

The matter is listed for hearing tomorrow before another bench.

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A file image of Justice AK Sikri. 

Justice AK Sikri on Thursday recused himself from hearing a plea challenging the appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as interim director of the CBI.

According to PTI, the matter has been listed for hearing tomorrow before a different bench. 

This comes just days after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also recused himself from hearing the plea, saying he would be taking part in the meeting to select the CBI director.

Rao was made the interim CBI director after the Selection Committee removed Alok Verma as chief of the probe agency.

The three-person committee, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comprised Justice Sikri and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge as members.

The NGO, Common Cause, in its petition filed through lawyer Prashant Bhushan, has sought laying down of specific mechanisms to ensure transparency in the process of appointment of CBI director.

It has alleged that Rao’s appointment was not made on the basis of the recommendations of the committee.

(With PTI inputs)